PSALM 142 - Powerless 23 Mar 2020
There was a time when David had to hide in a cave without any help. King Saul persecuted him vigorously. David composed psalm 142. He cried out to God.
David prayed smartly: "Lead me out of prison that I may praise your name."
1 [Psalm. Of David. When he was in the cave Prayer]
To Yahweh I cry out with my plea.
To Yahweh I cry out with entreaty.
2 I pour out my worry in his presence,
in his presence I unfold my troubles.
3 However faint my spirit;
you are watching over my path.
On the road I have to travel
they have hidden a trap for me.
4 Look on my right and see
-- there is no one who recognises me.
All refuge is denied me,
no one cares whether I live or die.
5 I cry out to you, Yahweh, I affirm,
'You are my refuge,
my share in the land of the living!'
6 Listen to my calling, for I am miserably weak.
Rescue me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me.
7 Lead me out of prison that I may praise your name.
The upright gather round me
because of your generosity to me.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
Hiding in a Cave